Cadence buys Belgian CFD specialist

Cadence buys Belgian CFD specialist

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By Nick Flaherty

Cadence Design Systems is to buy Numeca International, a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), mesh generation, multi-physics simulation and optimization software based in Brussels, Belgium.

Numeca is a spin-out from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 1993 and its technology and tools are used by customers such as NASA, ArianeGroup, Honda and Ford.

“Our vision drives us towards novel software for multiphysics simulations, where accuracy and reliability are the main drivers,  incorporating in a single and unique user experience disruptive technologies in fluids coupled to acoustics, mechanics, thermics and general Multiphysics,” said Prof Charles Hirsch, founder and President of NUMECA International

The cloud-based technologies and staff will be used in Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy to improve the quality of modelling at the system level.

Cadence points to its recent launch of its Clarity 3D Solver for electromagnetic (EM) simulation, the Clarity 3D Transient Solver for finite difference time domain (FDTD) system-level EM simulation and the Celsius Thermal Solver for electrical-thermal co-simulation product introductions as examples of its move into system level models. Numeca’s technology will also be used in system analysis solutions for chips, electronic subsystems and full system designs.

Numeca’s technology is already used for designing systems in aerospace, automotive, industrial and marine, with customers including “Cadence continues to be at the forefront of innovation, addressing real-world system design challenges by leveraging our deep computational software expertise,” said Dr. Anirudh Devgan, president of Cadence.

Next: Adding CFD

“The acquisition of Numeca’s proven CFD technology and talented team complements Cadence’s finite element analysis and other system innovation technologies and is another successful step that will advance our customers’ ability to design the exciting products of tomorrow,” said Devgan.

“Next-generation products and systems require comprehensive multi-physics engineering solutions encompassing IP, semiconductors, IC packaging, modules, boards, complex mechanical structures and more,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group at Cadence. “With the addition of Numeca’s technology to the Cadence portfolio, we are broadening our system analysis capabilities and integrated design solutions, addressing critical customer challenges in areas such as internal and external flows, acoustics, heat transfer, fluid-structure interaction and optimization.”

“Since our inception, NUMECA’s stated mission has been to deliver dedicated CFD solutions to predict product and system performance focused on the highest levels of reliability and safety for our industry-leading customers’ most challenging designs,” said Hirsch at Numeca. “We are very excited to join Cadence, as we share a common culture of innovation in computational software. Together, we will continue covering the industrial challenges of our current market, while providing creative system solutions to address the needs of next-generation products.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed and expected to close in the next two months.

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